13 August 2007
Power station worker awarded compensation
A steel erector has been awarded compensation after he developed an asbestos-related condition through exposure to the chemical while working for a contractor.
Charles Walton, 69, developed a lung condition called pleural thickening while employed by a contractor in 1958 and 1977, for whom he undertook pipe lagging work in power stations.
His job entailed his stripping the pipes of asbestos at plants at Ferrybridge, Kirkstall and Skelton Grange.
Mr Walton's employers did not supply him with protective equipment.
He told Workplace Law: "I am very concerned about my diagnosis. It has come as a shock to me, as no one warned me that my health might be at risk when working with asbestos.
"I can no longer walk two streets away to the GP and I sit in the car when my wife and I go shopping because I cannot cope with walking around shops and carrying bags due to breathlessness."
Compensation was secured from the power stations where Mr Walton had worked, owing to his former-employers no longer trading.